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Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns beat Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis in the lone international team-winning game on opening day; Team USA chases ninth straight Presidents Cup win – watch live all week on Sky Sports Golf

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Highlights from the opening round of The Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Highlights from the opening round of The Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Team USA lived up to its pre-tournament billing as the Presidents Cup favorite, taking a 4-1 lead against the international team after the opening session in North Carolina.

The biennial event has been dominated by the United States, winning the last eight events and losing just one of the previous 13, with the Davis Love III team quickly taking control of this year’s event at Quail Hollow Club on Thursday.

A star-studded Americans line-up won their first three matches on the field against a depleted international side that featured eight rookies and lacked experience due to a number of high-profile departures to LIV Golf, with the hosts briefly threatening to pull off a clean sweep. in session.

Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman are two Presidents Cup captains

Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman are two Presidents Cup captains

Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis staged a remarkable comeback against world Nos Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, although it was the only point won for the international team after Taylor Pendrith and Mito Pereira suffered a last-hole loss in the final match. of course.

“We had some matches where we rolled and guys played great, and some matches where we just went all out,” USA captain Davis Love III said. “Great start, lots of heart, but they’re going to practice and get ready for the next session tomorrow.”

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How Team USA Moved On

Trevor Immelman’s decision to send out experienced pair Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, the only players on the international team who have played in the Presidents Cup, backfired as Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele finished 6 and 5 respectively.

The American pair never trailed and dropped just one hole during their impressive run, winning the first four holes of their nine to continue their 100 percent foursomes record playing together for Team USA.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are now 5-0-0 representing the foursome for Team USA

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are now 5-0-0 representing the foursome for Team USA

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth made three birdies on their front nine in a four-hole stretch, only for Sungjae Im, the leading scorer on the International team in the 2019 loss, to make a 10-foot eagle and birdie at the seventh. ninth to cut the lead between him and Corey Conners to one at the turn.

The momentum of that match shifted to Team USA when Thomas holed a 25-foot putt to save the 15th, enough to win the hole when Conners missed from eight feet, with pars on the next two holes enough for a 2&1 victory.

Cameron Young marked his Presidents Cup debut by hitting a winning birdie from 25 feet on the penultimate hole to give him and Collin Morikawa a 2-1 victory over Tom Kim and KH Lee in the third match, a point that guaranteed Team USA’s lead after play. opening day.

Scheffler and Burns looked poised for more success after going three up after just seven holes and trailing by two to double-bogey the par-4 15th with just three putts in four, paving the way for a late comeback by the international team. .

Si Woo Kim helped the international team to the only point of the competition so far

Si Woo Kim helped the international team to the only point of the competition so far

Davis made a par and Kim tied the contest with a 10-foot birdie at the next, a short birdie at the 17th and a kick-in par at the last to end a four-hole winning streak and double. visitors.

The final match also went to the last par-four, where Tony Finau and Max Homa’s two-putt par was enough for a narrow victory, when Pereira hit an errant final drive and then Pendrith couldn’t save the par from 10 feet.

“We hung in there,” Immelman said. “We got off to a really tough start and got eight balls behind early on. The Americans played some brilliant golf and I think we’ve got to find a way to make putts over the next few days. there and keep fighting – that’s what we’re going to do.”

Five four-ball matches will be played on Friday and four more matches will be played in both formats over two sessions on Saturday. All 24 players then compete in singles on the final day and a total of 30 points are won over the four days of the tournament.

Watch the Presidents Cup live on Sky Sports all week. Live coverage starts at 4.30pm on the red button on Friday before moving to Sky Sports Golf at 5.30pm.